The IGP certification is awarded for a period of three years. Certificants are required to recertify before their certification expires. Certificants will be required to comply with all recertification requirements.
Certificants should become familiar with the recertification requirements, which are detailed below:
- Number of hours required: 60 contact hours in a 3-year cycle (this averages 20 hours/year). You will attest that you have acquired the appropriate number of CEUs in the categories listed below at the time of your recertification.
- Specialized credit requirements: Minimum requirements are; 15 hours Information Management, 4 hours Legal, 4 hours Technology, 4 hours Business, 4 hours Information Security, 4 hours Privacy, 4 hours Risk Management, 2 hours Ethics. The remaining 19 hours are electives and can be spread across any of the categories.
- Category assignment: Assignment of credits into specific categories is at your discretion and will be evaluated for recertification using a standard of "reasonableness". You should assign your CEUs an appropriate category based on what you learned during the session.
- Credits deadline: Credits must have been earned within the current 3 year cycle.
- Maximum hours per event: No more than 18 hours will be awarded for a single activity within a category. For example, a college/university course, that requires 3 hours of meeting time each week in a semester, will still only be awarded 18 hours.
- Recertification fee: The recertification fee of $250 will be invoiced at the end of the 3-year period if the individual has met the credit requirement. This fee covers the individual throughout the next 3-year period.
- Carryover credits: If you have exceeded your 60 CEUs during your 3-year recertification cycle (assuming you have met the credit category requirements listed below), you may carry over up to 15 CEUs (in any category) into the next certification cycle.
- Information Management (15 hours required): topics related to the managing of information, whether a record or non-record, throughout its lifecycle.
- Information Security (4 hours required): topics related to the practice of preventing unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, inspection, recording or destruction of information; regardless of the form the data may take.
- Privacy (4 hours required): topics related to the collection and dissemination of data, technology, the public expectation of privacy, and the legal and political issues surrounding them.
- Risk Management (4 hours required): topics related to policies, processes, controls, procedures, and technology to reduce the threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences that could arise from data storage and handling, and adherence to laws and regulations.
- Legal (4 hours required): topics related to laws and regulations impacting information handling, eDiscovery practices, and their impacts on IG.
- Technology (4 hours required): topics related to the use of technology related to any of the IG core concepts
- Business (4 hours required): Non-IG focused topics related to current trends in business, management practices, etc.
- Ethics (2 hours required): topics that focus on the relationship between the creation, organization, dissemination, and use of information, and the ethical standards and moral codes governing human conduct in society
How we award credits
Credits can be earned by attending educational events, or by professional activities as defined below.
- Attendance at educational events (chapter workshops, seminars, conferences) that map to the exam domains; Individual must indicate which domain the content applies to, unless pre-authorized by ARMA.
- Participation in item writing for the IGP exam - 5 hours credit/item writing session; automatically granted upon conclusion of an exam writing session; credit will not be prorated for partial attendance.
- Participation in formal standards-writing activities, pertaining to an information governance domain as defined by ARMA - 5 hours/standard or technical report when developed within any ANSI-accredited standards development program (e.g., ARMA, AIIM, ISO).
- Professional Contributions, such as speaking at in-person conferences and workshops, creating educational materials for virtual or electronic delivery (e.g., web seminars, DVDs, live streaming)
- Material preparation time will be recognized at a 3:1 ratio; for each hour of presentation time (excluding breaks), for the first preparation of the material, (e.g., for a 1 hour course, the total allotted would be 4 hours. Three hours of prep time + 1 hour presentation time). A maximum of 18 hours will be allotted to each event.
- Multiple presentations of the same material will NOT be awarded credit, unless the individual can demonstrate that the material was substantially revised for a new/different audience
- Publication of articles and books: The item must be published by a recognized commercial or professional association publisher. Credit is awarded at 3 hours / typeset page, up to a maximum of 18 hours. Blogs, Twitter feeds, LinkedIn posts, and other social media outlets do NOT qualify for this category.
- College or university course, related to the defined information governance domains. No more than 18 hours will be awarded for a course.
Reporting CE Credits
Recertification is based on an honors system (modified: January, 2019). An IGP must maintain their own personal CEU records. Each recertification year, approximately 10% of IGPs CEU records will audited by the IGP Board.
Credit-earning events must have educational content, and must be a minimum of 30 minutes in length. Credit will be awarded in 30-minute increments only (e.g., a 45 minute course would be rounded up to full credit hour; a 30 minute course would be allotted .5 credit hour.)
If you are selected for an audit you will be required to share your CEU records, which must include the credit-earning activity, timeframe of activity, credits from the activity (mapped to the appropriate credit categories), date of activity, activity code (if event was pre-approved for IGP credit), and supporting documentation (certificate of attendance, attendee badge, confirmation email, etc.).
If you have questions on any part of the IGP program please contact us at Certification.Staff@armaintl.org. We will be happy to assist you.